Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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you certainly was in no want of money.
Q. That is business of my own; I want the money, & must have it.
I can pay you six dollars now, the rest you will have to wait for; as I have can not get it for you.
Q. No, I will not wait one hour; and if thee does not pay me immediately, thee shall go forthwith to the jail, unless, (and he ran to the fire place and made violent gestures with his hands towards the fire), thee will burn up them Books of Mormon<​s​>; but, if thee will burn them up, then I will forgive thee the whole debt.
(decidedly) That, I shall not do.
Q. Then thee shall go to the jail.
“Sir interrupted I; (taking my gold beads, from my neck and holding them towards him;) these beads are the full value of the remainder of the debt.— I beseech you to take them, and give up the note.
Q. No, I will not. Thee must pay the money, or thy shall go straightway to jail
“Now, here sir;” replied I; “Just look at yourself as you are; because God has raised up my son to bring forth a book, which was writen for the salvation of the souls of men, for the salvation of your soul, as well as mine, you have come here to distress me, by taking my to jail; and you think, by this, that you will compel us to deny the work of God, and destroy a book which was writen by the gift and power of god. But, sir, we shall not burn the Book of Mormon, nor deny the inspiration of the Almighty.”
The quaker then stepped to the door, and called a constable who was waiting there for the signal: the constable came forward, and laying his hand on [p. 180]
you certainly was in no want of money.
Q. That is business of my own; I want the money, & must have it.
I can pay you six dollars now, the rest you will have to wait for; as I can not get it for you.
Q. No, I will not wait one hour; and if thee does not pay me immediately, thee shall go forthwith to the jail, unless, ( he ran to the fire place and made violent gestures with his hands towards the fire), thee will burn up them Books of Mormons; but, if thee will burn them up, then I will forgive thee the whole debt.
(decidedly) That, I shall not do.
Q. Then thee shall go to the jail.
“Sir interrupted I; (taking my gold beads, from my neck and holding them towards him;) these beads are the full value of the remainder of the debt.— I beseech you to take them, and give up the note.
Q. No, I will not. Thee must pay the money, or thy shall go straightway to jail
“Now, here sir;” replied I; “Just look at yourself as you are; because God has raised up my son to bring forth a book, which was writen for the salvation of the souls of men, for the salvation of your soul, as well as mine, you have come here to distress me, by taking my to jail; and you think, by this, that you will compel us to deny the work of God, and destroy a book which was writen by the gift and power of god. But, sir, we shall not burn the Book of Mormon, nor deny the inspiration of the Almighty.”
The quaker then stepped to the door, and called a constable who was waiting there for the signal: the constable came forward, and laying his hand on [p. 180]
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